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Up to $25M is available from Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity to support research that focuses on prevention, early-intervention and treatment of mental illness across the life span.



The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Million Minds Mission grant opportunity will support multidisciplinary teams of researchers to undertake collaborative, patient-focussed research that is transformative, scalable and demonstrates the greatest improvement on health outcomes and translation into policy and/or practice.



This grant opportunity is part of the MRFF Million Minds Mission (the Mission), which was announced in the context of the 2018 Budget. It is part of the Australian Government Department of Health Portfolio Budget Statement Outcome 1 – Health System Policy, Design and Innovation.

The Mission will support priorities under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan through innovative, system-based research that addresses key national and health priorities and ensure mental health research is translated into practice, giving all Australians access to better mental health care.



The Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity aims to support multidisciplinary teams of researchers to undertake collaborative, intervention-focussed research that is transformative, scalable and demonstrates the greatest impact on health outcomes and translation into policy and/or practice.

The specific objectives of the Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity are to:

  • support innovative, high quality, collaborative research that focuses on prevention, early-intervention and treatment of mental illness across the life span
  • promote effective translation of research into health policy and/or practice
  • foster and build research capacity and workforce capability
  • actively involve people with lived experience of mental illness in all aspects of the research pathway as part of genuine co-design and co-delivery
  • leverage collaborations between research teams, policy makers, healthcare funders and the health delivery sector (e.g. education, community, industry and/or healthcare).



The Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity will provide up to $25 million over five years to support three initial priority areas for research:

  • eating disorders
  • mental health of children and young people
  • mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested for each Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity grant is $5 million.

$5 million will be available to fund the top-ranked application/s in each priority area at a total of up to $15 million.

You are required to nominate the priority area they are applying to. It is acknowledged that there may be some overlap of focus between priority areas. Proposals should be submitted to the priority area that relates to the primary focus of the proposed research.


Eligible Activities

The Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity grant money can only be spent on eligible expenditure incurred on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant proposal. The following categories must be used in the proposed budget:

  • equipment
  • personnel (personnel support packages)
  • other Direct Research Costs (DRCs).

Rules apply to each category of expenditure. You are required to justify the budget requested for each year of the proposed research in order to demonstrate value for money. Poorly justified items may be reduced or removed from the budget.


Eligible Applicants

Applications for the MRFF Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity will only be accepted from NHMRC approved Administering Institutions. A list of NHMRC approved Administering Institutions is available on NHMRC’s website.

In addition to being, or having an affiliation with an Administering Institution, to be eligible for a grant under the MRFF Act an organisation must be one of the following bodies:

  • a medical research institute
  • a university
  • a corporate Commonwealth entity
  • a corporation
  • a state or territory government, or
  • a state or territory government entity.


How to Get the Million Minds Mission Grant Opportunity

Based on Bulletpoint’s assessment of the grant criteria, these are the areas you need to focus on:

Generating new knowledge (30%)

  • Relevance – direct relevance of proposed research to the scope of the priority area
  • Strength – the appropriateness and robustness of the proposed methodology(ies)
  • Likelihood – feasibility of the proposed research
  • Innovation – transformative research design that is scalable, innovative or pioneering on an international level
  • Knowledge – likelihood that significant new findings will be produced and substantially advance knowledge in the field
  • Engagement – meaningful involvement of research end-users, health care providers and policy makers in all stages of the research project
  • Inclusion – applicability of the proposed research to advancing the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Reporting – inclusion of appropriate milestones, performance indicators and timeframes


Translating research (30%)

  • Relevance – justification of potential to influence health policy and practice
  • Quality – quality of the plan for research translation
  • Uptake – engagement with the health delivery sector
  • Engagement – involvement of end-users and the wider community in the co-design of all stages of the research program
  • Partnerships – strength of the role of collaborative partners and effectiveness of working collaborations and intellectual exchange
  • Competence – relevant experience in translating research to those with a lived experien